LUBBOCK, Texas-635-bed Methodist Hospital here has signed an affiliation agreement with 25-bed DeBac General Hospital in Fort Sumner, N.M. The agreement is Methodist's first outside Texas. DeBac General, Methodist's 26th hospital affiliate, is 120 miles northwest of Lubbock. Methodist assists its affiliates with purchasing, accounting and other services.
FORT WORTH, Texas-Harris Methodist Fort Worth, the city's largest hospital, has formed Community Cancer Network with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Osteopathic Medical Center and Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center. In addition, Harris is working with John Peter Smith Hospital, the county's tax-supported hospital, on the delivery of hospice care to indigent cancer patients. The centerpiece of the Community Cancer Network will be a $20 million cancer center on the Harris Methodist campus, south of downtown Fort Worth. The center will include outpatient chemotherapy, radiation therapy, examination rooms, and patient education and information centers. Hospital executives said more than 400 patients a year leave Fort Worth to receive cancer care in Dallas or Houston. With the continuum of care provided in the new network, patients will be able to stay at home and receive care, said Al Brady, medical director for Harris' cancer services. Officials estimated that early detection of cancer in the area will save 500 lives annually.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-The Missouri State Medical Association has created a for-profit subsidiary to help its 6,000 members manage their businesses and form group practices or other physician networks. The subsidiary, St. Louis-based Missouri State Medical Services, also plans to track clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and practice costs throughout the state. "Everyone was hiring consultants, spending a lot of money, coming up with a lot of plans, some feasible and some not feasible," said Patrick Mills, MSMA's director of healthcare finance. "But none of them were working with a physician-directed entity. What we're interested in doing is assisting physicians in controlling their destinies."
ENID, Okla.-Seventeen employers here have formed the Northwest Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition. The group hired Cemara Health, Tulsa, Okla., to negotiate contracts and work with the employers' eight third-party administrators. The coalition has contracted with Bass Memorial Baptist Hospital here and Enid Regional Hospital for most services. Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City; St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.; and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., will provide specialty services, executives said.